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Elegant Design Tips to Reduce the Number of Stops on Your Conveyor System

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Monday, March 9, 2020

Whether your stops are controlled manually or by using automation, they can encounter the same problems: inefficient operation of your conveyor, and product damage caused by herky-jerky movement on the line. While "stop-motion animation" might have worked alright for Gumby, anything resembling stop-motion needs to be eliminated from conveying fragile products, pronto.


Glide-Line’s Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor eliminates the need for most stops within a conveyor system. Instead of a stop controlling the product or pallet’s movement (or lack thereof), sensors tell the motor to stop running, allowing the product or pallet to gradually decelerate until it comes to a halt. The sensors can be activated to slow the pallets downstream when there is a delay in movement upstream, or they can be integrated throughout the conveyor system using pre-programmed logic to control the flow of product gently. Either way, the result is the same: reduction in jostling of an assembly or product on the belts.


Here’s how it works: 

separate  zones create a  permanent  gap between Pallets  (and products)Unlike a traditional conveyor system, the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor lines run multiple individually-managed accumulation zones carrying product or pallets from workstation to workstation. Instead of a single belt, as most conveyors have, the belts in the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor are built in separate zones. This creates a permanent gap between pallets (and, subsequently, the products themselves).


The Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor also doesn’t accumulate pallets in a traditional way (with the belt running under the accumulated pallets). Instead, the individually-zoned belt automatically stops. If one of the zoned products does hit a stop (which is sometimes unavoidable for precision location stations), our 24VDC driver cards have integrated zero-contact logic built in to automatically turn off the zones upstream one by one, preventing subsequent pallets from colliding. This is all handled automatically. 


Related Video - How the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor Prevents Product Damage While Accumulating


With no product-to-product contact and much less need for stops throughout the system, there is a lower chance of product damage, and wear and tear is minimized.


Read more in our ebook, How to Manage Conveyor Accumulation Issues. Download it today!


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Topics: Solutions for Applications Engineers, Flexible Conveyor Solutions

Written by Kevin Mauger

Kevin Mauger started working for the parent company of Glide-Line the day after college and bought the company 12 years into his career when it was at an all-time low. The company has multiplied in volume 5X since and is growing at 20%+ year over year. In a Surprise Announcement in 2017, in a dream come true, he gave almost half of his company to his employees. Personally, his entire life is based upon spending time with his family, figuring out a way to get out deep sea fishing, and supporting his Philadelphia Eagles. His vision for Glide-Line is to make it the world’s most flexible multi-strand conveyor solution with tools for customers allowing instantaneous response and control of their own destiny along with the fastest deliveries in the industry.

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Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

We solve problems that other conveyor systems manufacturers won’t. We developed Glide-Line from the ground up with a few key, driving factors in mind. First, our conveyors had to be robust and reliable. Second, they would be simple – easy to maintain and service. Finally, we insisted on flexible configurability, creating an efficient, hassle-free customer experience. We’ve built the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

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